Category Archives: How should we act?

Aussie party boy

Video link here Possible topics / activities: Values analysis Professional ethics Discuss “Should Corey be held responsible?” Discuss “Should the anchor have asked Corey to take off his glasses?”

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Difficult topics

What is your position? photo credit: Facebook

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Ethics experiment: Bullying

In this experiment, more people stood up for a bullied Whopper than a bullied teenager. Video source: here

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Cognitive abilities of pigs

Some videos that address pigs’ cognitive abilities…

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Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in Non-Human Animals

In 2012, a group of neuroscientists signed the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, which asserts that “humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, … Continue reading

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The Trolley Problem in Episode 19 of “The Good Place”

(Thanks Alexandrea, for the heads up on this) “Netflix is particularly fond of the trolley experiment, which was featured in the most recent seasons of two of its original shows this past summer. In the penultimate episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s … Continue reading

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Robot Ethics

One problem is that the concept of “harm” is complex, context-specific and is difficult to explain clearly to a robot. If a robot doesn’t understand “harm”, how can they avoid causing it? “We realized that we could use different perspectives … Continue reading

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Trolley Problem in Orange is the New Black

Season 5, Episode 8 http://ew.com/recap/orange-is-the-new-black-season-5-episode-8/ Thanks for the heads up Sydney!

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Technology Issues Jackpot

A great source for ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology: http://reillytop10.com/

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Justification of Cockroach Cyborgs

Is it ethical to sell kits that turn cockroaches into cyborgs? Here’s a company that does exactly that: www.backyardbrains.com … and here’s the introduction of their explanation of their justification: Our experiments are not philosophically perfect and without controversy; however, … Continue reading

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Utilitarianism

Series: Numb3rs Season: 1 Episode: 3 Episode title: Vectors When they apprehend Weaver, toward the very end of the episode: Step back off the curb, away from the church. Is all this truly necessary? You wanted to prove your virus … Continue reading

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Women’s March discussion resources

https://www.womensmarch.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MfW1YvYcRU http://www.cbsnews.com/news/womens-march-on-washington-dc-push-back-against-new-president-donald-trump/

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Conceptual clarification

Here’s a good article for a discussion about the role of conceptual analysis / clarification in discussions about high stakes policy decisions. “Trump Vows To End ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ But No One Can Agree What That Label Means” http://www.npr.org/2016/11/19/502684089/trump-vows-to-end-sanctuary-cities-but-no-one-can-agree-what-that-label-means?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=storiesfromnpr What definition … Continue reading

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Driverless Cars

Here are a couple resources sent my way from a current student (thanks Kolby!) who came across them while further researching a thought experiment we covered one day in class… EGOISM vs. UTILITARIANISM http://news.mit.edu/2016/driverless-cars-safety-issues-0623 Driverless cars pose a quandary when it comes to safety. … Continue reading

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